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How to Make Spinning Tops

Updated on November 6, 2014

Toy Tops Are Fun!

I've been a fan of toy tops since I got a set of wooden tops as a Christmas gift exchange in grade school. Learning how to make spinning tops can be a great way to have more fun tops to spin.

Twisting a toy top with your fingers then letting go and watching it twirl is one of life's simple pleasures.

Make your own spinning tops to twirl and relax. Make some to give to a child in your life. The spinning tops listed here range from easy-to-make paper tops to wooden tops that require more tools and skill.

Photo shows my collection of wooden spinning tops.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Paper Spinning Tops courtesy of MarthaStewart.com
Paper Spinning Tops courtesy of MarthaStewart.com

Paper Spinning Tops

from Martha Stewart

You and your kids can make these easy spinning tops courtesy of Martha Stewart.

These spinning tops only require toothpicks, paper, and glue. Well, and some fine motor skills so younger kids will need some help.

You can also embellish these tops by painting the toothpicks or rolling the paper in glue then glitter. Or come up with your own fun ways to personalize your toy tops!

Oh, and speaking of Martha, click this link to see a collection of tops through the years.

Do you have a favorite type of spinning top?

What is your favorite kind of tops?

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Make a Paper Spinner - Just watch and fold!

NinjaGo Lego Tops - Spin the Lego Tops and Yell "Ninja Go!"

The Lego NinjaGo spinning tops do battle and are a fun twist to the ever-popular Lego toys.

More Ways to Make Toy Tops - Kits for making your own spinners

Woodturning Traditional Folk Toys
Woodturning Traditional Folk Toys

If you have the wood working equipment already, you might want to try your hand at making some traditional wooden tops. What a fun and lasting gift idea.

 

A Fast and Fun Video of a Wooden Top Being Made

Boys Playing Sports, Including Bowling, Spinning a Top, Stilts, and a Swing, England, 1600s - Buy This Allposters.com

Toy Top Collection

Jerry Fannin is a Texas rancher who collects toy tops. He has hundreds of metal tops, wooden tops, whistling tops, and more.

Click this link to see a wonderful collection of vintage spinning tops.

BeyBlade Battle Tops - Popular spinning tops

Bey Blades are popular spinning tops!

Tops Made of Old Skateboards and More - Who Knew!?

Tops can be made of just about anything. These links provide ideas for making tops from skateboards, various woods, and more.

Which of These Spinning Tops Will You Make?

Wooden spinning tops.
Wooden spinning tops.

Do you plan to make some spinning tops? Which one is your favorite?

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    • darciefrench lm profile image

      darciefrench lm 

      5 years ago

      My daughter says she'd like to make the paper spinning top

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      kathryn-gillespie 

      5 years ago

      I have a vintage metal top that I love. ~.~

    • xriotdotbiz lm profile image

      xriotdotbiz lm 

      6 years ago

      I like the old metal, screw tops. The ones you pump to spin faster, miss those.

    • belinda342 profile image

      belinda342 

      6 years ago

      I'll show my age...we used to make tops from the spools of thread. They used to be a fairly solid wooden core. Not the lightweight plastic of today.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Love these spinning tops!

    • Cari Kay 11 profile image

      Kay 

      6 years ago

      Just have to bless! Could not resist. My daughter and I made the paper spinner in the video and we're having so much fun with it. Thanks!

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      Cheryl Paton 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      I like spinning tops. Sometimes at restaurants that have round coasters, we spend them while we're waiting for our food. : )

    • BestRatedStuff profile image

      BestRatedStuff 

      6 years ago

      I don't know how, but I would love to make a wooden one. It would be so awesome!

    • SayGuddaycom profile image

      SayGuddaycom 

      6 years ago

      Very cool idea for a lens.

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      Mark Falco 

      6 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      I'd love to make a wooden one. That would be fun.

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      Marc 

      6 years ago from Edinburgh

      Love the classic feel of these x

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      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      High five for making me feel like a kid again. :) lol

    • gypsykitschpres profile image

      gypsykitschpres 

      6 years ago

      Fun lens. I love the idea of making a spinning top.

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Nifty toy to make. I'm going to feature this on my Civil War Christmas lens.

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      jeremykim2011 

      6 years ago

      Reminds me of childhood... :)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      This certainly tops off the fun!

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      Anthony Altorenna 

      6 years ago from Connecticut

      I really like hand-made crafts that kids of all ages can create and enjoy, and this lens gives me some great ideas for putting my lathe to work. Nicely done!

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      Ruthi 

      6 years ago

      This lens is tops! I used to love spinning metal tops as a child. I could spin for hours, daydream-dancing along with the spin.

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      bossypants 

      6 years ago

      You know your tops! And you know I think you're tops, too. :) Clever lens idea!

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      poutine 

      6 years ago

      i used to have a metal one while growing up.

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      Godsgraciousgift 

      6 years ago

      loved seeing the video that shows the man making a wooden top

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      JoshK47 

      6 years ago

      I love a good old fashioned top - I love having battles to see how long each can spin, or having them knock together and fly apart. :)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @gottaloveit2: What a great idea, Lori! I'll work on that. I like to be a writer that provides equal opportunity to tops!

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      gottaloveit2 

      7 years ago

      What a fun lens. You should put in a dreidel which is a jewish spinning top used during Chanukah!

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      whoisbid lm 

      7 years ago

      I used to be fascinated with these. I guess I need to stop being so serious and spin a top once in a while with the kids. Life can take me away from what is really important

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      Anthony Altorenna 

      7 years ago from Connecticut

      Wooden tops are a traditional toy that still captures of the interest of kids -- both young and young at heart. Nicely done!

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      Tops are an old-fashioned toy that still provide lots of fun. Glad to see you encouraging people to make these.

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      sukkran trichy 

      7 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      really a very interesting lens. enjoyed your vid on make spinning tops. nicely done.

    • Scarlettohairy profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Joan Haines: Not weird, a coinky-dink! I love it!!

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      Joan Haines 

      7 years ago

      So weird. I was just spinning the little green top I keep on my desk 5 minutes ago, and now I read this. Can't wait to try making a paper top.

    • Scarlettohairy profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Ann Hinds: Me too, Wordstock. I love watching them twirl and spin. Mesmerizing!

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      Ann Hinds 

      7 years ago from So Cal

      Nice lens on the tops. Like many, I can't resist a top today anymore than I could when I was younger.

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